Dextrocardia - Symptom
There are no symptoms of dextrocardia if the heart is normal.
Conditions that may include dextrocardia may cause the following symptoms:
- Bluish skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Failure to grow and gain weight
- Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
- Pale skin (pallor)
- Repeated sinus or lung infections
Signs and tests:
There are no signs of dextrocardia if the heart is normal.
Conditions that can include dextrocardia may cause the following signs:
- Abnormal arrangement and structure of the organs in the abdomen
- Enlarged heart
- Problems with the structure of the chest and lungs, seen on x-rays
- Rapid breathing or problems breathing
- Rapid pulse
Tests to diagnose dextrocardia include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart
- Ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)
- Reviewed last on: 4/30/2010
- Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, Zitelli BJ, Davis HW. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders; 2007:chap 431
Park MK. Park: Pediatric Cardiology for Practitioners, 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 16.
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